Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have listed their Santa Barbara home for sale. The couple is asking $45 million for the property, which is comprised of three parcels purchased in two 2013 transactions totaling $28.8 million.
Dating to the 1930â€™s, the rustic house measures 10,500 square feet, and contains six bedrooms and eight full or partial baths. The sandstone and raw timber home features a rambling layout around a center courtyard.
Itâ€™s a substantial look, and it doesnâ€™t ever pass into the vague indecision of many higher end period residences that have been renovated; it achieves a strong sense of authenticity by never really appearing to question its identity. Modernizations and elements of cross-cultural layering are nicely incorporated, and do not topple the composition.
DeGeneres has suggested that the house seems to be an expression of its landscape, and thatâ€™s pretty accurate. It doesnâ€™t impose, and it does not dominate; a neat trick for a home built from rusticated stone. And, even though the home is the product of a very assertive European design aesthetic located in Southern California, it doesnâ€™t feel contrived. Part of that effect is the countryside of Montecito, which perhaps more than any other SoCal locale resembles the Riviera.
The house features nine fireplaces, libraries and reading rooms. Ceilings are vaulted, sometimes open trussed, and floors are generally tile or stone. Windows and French doors are pleasingly plain, steel-framed affairs, and do not distract from the overall style. The overall look is heavy-handed, packed to bursting with charming detail, but it never comes off as ponderous. Frequently, skylights lend a little liberation to the proceedings, and balance things out nicely with a dash of the ethereal.
The nearly seventeen acres of grounds are filled with gardens and quiet alcoves. An additional pavilion structure was constructed by the couple, and features a wet bar and catering kitchen, and entertaining space under a high vaulted ceiling.
DeGeneresâ€”a legendarily restless house-hunterâ€”and spouse de Rossi have owned several homes in their time together: buying, renovating and selling. The coupleâ€™s latest real-estate acquisition may lead them to Australia, de Rossiâ€™s home country.
One of the most sophisticated homes in the club where youâ€™ll enjoy panoramic fairway views stretching to ocean glimpses and grounds designed by landscape designer, Mark Rios, and featuring sculptures by Robert Holmes, cut-stone terraces and a reflecting lap-pool. Interior spaces are as rewarding, designed by Bruce Gregga with a generous master suite, two relaxing guest suites and den accented by stone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and walls of glass to private terraces and manicured grounds. A unique combination of expansive views and yet offering complete privacy. The perfect home for entertaining. Everything about this property speaks volumes about quality and attention to detail.
MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA – Set on what may be the most dramatic and premier location within the prestigious Birnam Wood Golf Club, this highly refined and newly remodeled home offers spectacular mountain and lake views from its expansive rooms along with the finest examples of superior construction and design. The three-bedroom plus den home offers high ceilings, handsome moldings, stone fireplaces, warm parquet oak floors and generous marble baths. One of the most inspiring homes in the club.
Offered at $6,450,000
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THE DUQUE ESTATE
“BLESSED LITTLE RANCH”
Style: Monterey Spanish Revival
Year Built: 1931
Lot Size: 3.175Â± Acres
Square Feet: Approximately 6,3014Â±
Main Home: 8 bedrooms / 5 full baths, 1 powder
APN#: 007-040-039/038 (2 legal parcels)
Architect: Edwards & Plunkett
Montecito Union School District
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Outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and scenic mountains coupled with the architecture of one of the most respected firms responsible for some of the most romantic and cherished structures, including the Arlington Theater and many classic homes, make this a special Montecito estate. William Albert Edwards and Joseph Plunkett designed this charming Monterey Spanish home in 1931 and named it “Blessed Little Ranch.” The Edwards Duque Estate sits today on approximately 3.175 acres on two legal parcels in the Montecito foothills on a promontory that affords it a panoramic coastal view along with rare privacy.
The commanding two-story home was built in an era of quality, craftsmanship and attention to architectural details. Principal rooms include the two-story living room with its massive beamed ceiling and surrounding wrought-iron balcony, formal dining room, sun room, butler’s pantry, kitchen, and breakfast room. in addition, there is a master suite, five family bedrooms, plus a two-bedroom staff wing with a shared bath off the kitchen. There’s also a separate approximately 900 sq.ft. 1-bedroom, 1-bath guest cottage. Three wrought-iron balconies and first-floor terraces all provide breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean. The property also benefits from a long, private approach and by being within the very highly respected Montecito Union School District. It’s a rarity today to find this combination of period architecture and quality construction still benefiting from panoramic and uninterrupted coastal views.
Private Air Magazine – July/August 2014 Edition
By EJ Webber
Read this great article by EJ Webber regarding my exclusive listing, ‘Prima Luce,’ located in Montecito, California. Prima Luce faces southeast, taking its name from unobstructed views of the first rays of sunrise and moonrise. Located in a prime Montecito location offering panoramic ocean and MontecitoValley views. Famed designer Robert Webb has captured the ambiance of a Tuscan-style country villa with details like hand-chiseled Santa Barbara sandstone, quarried from these very grounds that form the walls, posts, and facades, complemented by imported French limestone on the pillars, window surrounds, and chimneys.Â At every turn, large windows capture spectacular vistas in this grand home tempered by comfort and livability. The main residence is approx. 8,425 sq.ft. with 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 2 powder rooms, and 5 fireplaces. There’s a one-bedroom guest house, a luxurious pool house and 65-foot pool surrounded by lush lawns and rose gardens. The property also features two 3-car garages, a 7-hole putting green, and “Kidsâ€™ World” with a two-story cottage and whimsical gardens.
Offered at $23,500,000
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Among all the Montecito significant properties currently available, this home offers a unique family oriented floor plan and a lifestyle and amenities perfectly suited for an active family. The property faces southeast, taking its name from unobstructed views of the first rays of sunrise and moonrise. Situated on approximately 2.3 acres in a prime Montecito location, this completely private enclave is surrounded by mature oaks offering panoramic ocean and MontecitoValley views, yet has no other homes in sight. A unique and valuable combination of wide open vistas coupled with complete privacy. Solid wood and iron gates open directly to the spacious motor-court and the main home’s stately, yet inviting, facade.
Inside and out, famed designer Robert Webb has captured the ambiance of a Tuscan country Villa. Hand-chiseled Santa Barbara sandstone, quarried from these very grounds, form the walls, posts, and facades, complemented by imported French limestone on the pillars, window surrounds, and chimneys. The interior boasts travertine marble and distressed wood floors, as well as exquisite decorative painting by the Elisa Stancil Studios of San Francisco. These subtle designs on the walls and ceilings infuse the entire home with a centuries-old ambience. At every turn, large windows capture vistas that could inspire paintings of their own.
From the arched two-story entry with coffered wood ceiling, your eye is drawn directly across the foyer to the wrought iron doors of the rear terrace and their breathtaking views to the pool and ocean beyond. Approximately 11,440 square feet under roof, the main residence (8,425 square feet) includes five bedrooms, six full baths, two powder rooms, and five fireplaces. There are also two garages with space for six automobiles; a one-bedroom guest house and a pool house with kitchen and bath. Technologically, the property excels with a Vantage lighting system, an Audio Access PX700 system, a telephone system with up to seven lines, and Internet access throughout.
On the grounds, the soothing sights and sounds of water emanate from a magnificent stone fountain in the motor court to a recirculating stream and three large ponds with native plantings, lotus blossoms, and goldfish. The impeccable landscaping extends to a rose garden and lush lawns around the 65-foot pool and luxurious pool house. A Seven-hole putting green under the oaks enjoys ocean views by day and dramatic lighting by night. Tucked away off the Family Room, the magical creation of “Kidsâ€™ World” offers a 310-square-foot, two-story cottage, play area, and whimsical gardens with showers designed as sunflowers.
Grand and sophisticated, yet tempered by extraordinary comfort and family livability, this Montecito estate embodies a world-class lifestyle that is second to none.
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A 1999 Italian Villa of approximately 7,547 sq.ft. of living space designed by Jon Sorrell set on 3Â± rolling acres in the heart of Montecito offering panoramic ocean and island as well as majestic Montecito Valley and mountain views. This elegant 4-bedroom home features a grand two-story entrance loggia with 21-foot high ceiling and a two-story living room with mezzanine, a dramatic center atrium, and a large floor-to-ceiling fireplace with over mantel. The home also includes a music/family room with walls of glass that open to the pool area, the formal dining room has three sets of French doors with panoramic ocean and island views, the library/pub room has a knotty-pine bar area, a gourmet kitchen with breakfast conservatory, wine storage room, and a first-floor guest bedroom with fireplace. The second floor features two family bedrooms, a loggia with fireplace and walls of arched French doors, and an expansive master suite with a sitting room, two fireplaces, two separate full baths and a master closet complete with washer & dryer.
The property offers an expansive outdoor entertainment area with a pool and spa, and pool house perfect for soaking in the sweeping views and landscaping designed by Grant Castleberg. There’s also a detached 3-car garage across the large walled motor court.
Offered at $13,000,000
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